The trip follows a term learning about International Development.
Chemeketa Community College provided the student manpower for two teams this past June. The student groups worked to complete one new school, one library, one complete fence project to surround a school, and one outdoor covered area. In addition, the student groups attended the adult literacy event to cheer on adult students receiving their certificates of progress in both elementary and secondary education.
The students learn about the concepts of international development, and then they take theory into action by traveling to Oaxaca to get hands on work experience. “I am proud to see our students work so hard. They have heart, and they also are smart about concepts like capacity building and community development. They genuinely work to empower communities,” says instructor Cecelia Monto.
Cecelia has been leading trips to Oaxaca for many years, and when she talks about her students she glows. She can see how important hands on learning is, and cultivating a spirit of service and sense of global humanity. “There is so much learning going on for these students. They make links between their experience in Oaxaca with so many topics – economics, politics, history. For many of them it is a truly transformational experience.”
Program coordinator Bonifacio Luis Hernandez guides all the projects, and he works directly with the communities to make sure those most in need are being served.
Are you a high school or college-age student who might be interested in taking a class at Chemeketa and joining a team to Oaxaca? Plan for next year’s class during the spring term and then taking the trip in mid-June.